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Pope Francis ends South Korea trip with overture to China

By Josephine McKenna — August 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis said Asian governments should not fear Christians who did not want to “come as conquerors” — a message clearly targeted at countries including China, North Korea and Vietnam.

Rodman ‘sorry,’ unable to aid imprisoned missionary

By Calum MacLeod — January 13, 2014

(RNS) At the end of his fourth trip to North Korea over the past 12 months, Rodman said, “I’m sorry that I couldn’t do anything,” when asked if had raised Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s case with leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman apologizes for comments about missionary

By Calum MacLeod — January 9, 2014

BEIJING (RNS) Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized to the family of missionary Kenneth Bae for comments Tuesday in a CNN interview that appeared to blame Bae for being jailed inside North Korea.

Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list

By Lauren Markoe — January 8, 2013

(RNS) The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in Africa in 2012 as a result of power gains by radical Islamists, according to Open Doors, a Christian missionary organization which publishes an annual list of offending nations. By Lauren Markoe.

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